Save the bees: Ortho removes pesticides thought to harm pollinators

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Bees are responsible for pollinating foods we eat and plants we grow. Lately, there has been a drastic decline in the number of bees.

NPR reports that Ortho, a leading brand of home and garden pest control, is taking a step to save bees by removing neonicotinoids from its lineup of products. Research has shown that neonicotinoids can impact bees’ resistance to mites and other health threats. Further research is being conducted on neonicotinoids’ effects on pollinators, including research on agricultural insecticides by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection.

Related: How to build a bee box for native pollinators

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According to the source, the Maryland General Assembly ruled that the sale of home and garden products containing neonicotinoids would be restricted in the state.

To learn more about honey bee health, visit The Honey Bee Health Coalition for information about what’s happening and how you can help. You can also learn about increasing the number of pollinators in your landscape with this resource from Michigan State University Extension.

Read more: NPR > Home and Garden Giant Ditches Class of Pesticides That May Harm Bees

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